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92365 Midwifery Practice 4: Complex Labour, Birth and the Puerperium

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Description

Students in this subject work in simulated learning environments to learn and develop the requisite midwifery practice skills. Students engage in midwifery practice and this subject provides opportunity for them to reflect on their practice. In the midwifery practice setting, students work with midwives and implement care based on clinical decisions developed in collaboration with others. Students are expected to continue with their continuity of midwifery care experiences. The skills acquired in this subject relate to, and are supported by, the concurrent theoretical subject Complex Labour, Birth and Puerperium.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate practice skills in complex labour, birth and postnatal period (NMBA 6.1, 6.2)
B. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for women experiencing and immediate recovery from a surgical procedure (NMBA 6.1, 6.2)
C. Demonstrate the ability to undertake midwifery skills in relation to postoperative care and wound healing (NMBA 6.1, 6.2)
D. Effectively document the recognition and management in complex situations (NMBA 1.3)
E. Apply theoretical underpinnings to the skills developed in this subject (NMBA 6.1, 6.2)
F. Demonstrate appropriate competency in midwifery practice (NMBA 6.1, 6.2)
G. Reflect on clinical experiences and provide rationale for care provision (NMBA 6.1, 6.2)
H. Demonstrate appropriate proficiency in drug calculations (NMBA 5.5)
I. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate practice skills in complex labour, birth and postnatal period (NMBA 6.1 6.2)
J. Continue with midwifery continuity of care experiences (NMBA 4.2)

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Practice woman centred care (1.0)
  • Are professionally competent midwives who provide safe and effective midwifery care using intelligent kindness (2.0)
  • Work collaboratively in order to provide excellence in maternity care (3.0)
  • Are professionally engaged critical thinkers who take a lively and questioning approach and embrace lifelong learning (6.0)

Teaching and learning strategies

In this subject, you will participate in a range of teaching and learning strategies that are designed to assist you to develop understanding and awareness of the issues related to the health and wellbeing women experiencing a complexity during labour, birth or the puerperium. Exploration and engagement with contemporary, evidence-based care and practice will assist in building your professional skills and developing competency and respectful care for women during labour, birth, and the puerperium.

Online learning activities
Students access online learning resources including podcasts, videos, online discussion boards either prior to or in place of face-to-face attendance. Online resources enable students to clarify complex concepts and terminology and engage with sensitive or confronting topics at their own pace. Online activities are then discussed in class to share learning, experiences and reflections.

Face-to-face classes
Face to face lectures, tutorials, group work and online activities are provided to enable students to clarify, discuss and develop subject concepts. These classes are supported by follow-up in class activities.

Clinical skills, communication, and simulation
Students will participate in the simulated practice of clinical skills used in midwifery practice, including supporting women in labour, birth, and the puerperium. Students will also develop their competency in the safe administration of medications and drug calculations through simulation. Students learn and practice clinical and interpersonal skills with case scenarios in the classroom. These practice scenarios incorporate the development of professional communication skills including consultation and referral to medical colleagues.

Students must successfully complete the required period of clinical practice as part of this subject and submit their professional experience portfolio for assessment at the end of the semester.

Case studies and stories from practice
Case studies and stories from practice depict people and their families in authentic clinical scenarios. Students use these scenarios to learn concepts, interpret information and develop creative solutions. Critical thinking is developed through analysis, interpretation of and reflection on issues or situations.

Seminars and oral presentations
Seminars involve students either individually or in groups providing presentations to the class. Students received feedback from peers and lecturers not only on their knowledge of a subject area but also their ability to communicate their thoughts and relevant information in a clear, coherent and confident manner.

Professional ePortfolio
Students further develop their professional ePortfolio. This online record encourages students to take an active role in the documentation, observation and review of their own progress. It is a powerful tool for focusing awareness or attention on what has been learned throughout the course, self-assessment and the development of a professional identity.

Clinical placement
Students complete 160 hours of clinical placement experience in a maternity unit, including operating theatres, to develop and consolidate their knowledge, skills and attributes relevant to the care of women and babies. Students provide midwifery care to women, babies, and their families, under the direct supervision of registered midwives and medical practitioners.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Medication administration assessment

Intent:

The intent of this assessment is to develop students competence regarding the safe administration of medications to women and babies in their care.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

H

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.0

Type: Quiz/test
Weight: Mandatory task that does not contribute to subject mark

Assessment task 2: Reflection on Continuity of Midwifery Care Experiences (CoMCE)

Intent:

This assessment is intended to further develop students' reflective skills and their learning related to their CoMCE.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C, D, E, F and H

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0 and 2.0

Type: Essay
Weight: 50%
Length:

1500 words

Criteria:

Assessment criteria and marking rubric will be available via UTSOnline.

Assessment task 3: PEP Portfolio

Intent:

In keeping with the ANMAC Accreditation Standards for the Midwife (2014) students must keep a written record and reflect on their required supervised midwifery practice experiences in their Professional Experience Placement (PEP) Portfolio.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C, D, E, F and H

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0 and 2.0

Type: Portfolio
Weight: Mandatory task that does not contribute to subject mark

Assessment task 4: Midwifery PEP Performance Summary

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C, D, E and H

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0 and 2.0

Weight: Mandatory task that does not contribute to subject mark

Assessment task 5: Case study based examination

Intent:

To assess student's knowledge in the safe management of women with complex labour, birth or postnatal needs.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and J

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0, 2.0, 3.0 and 6.0

Weight: 50%
Length:

2 hours + 10 minutes reading time

Required texts

Marshall, J. & Raynor, M. (eds) 2014, Myles Textbook for Midwives, 16th ed, Churchill Livingstone, Sydney.

Pairman, S. Pincombe, J., Thorogood, C. & Tracy, S. 2015, Midwifery: Preparation for practice, Churchill Livingstone, Sydney.

Recommended texts

Catling, C., Cummins, A. & Hogan, R. 2016, Stories in Midwifery: Reflection, Action, Enquiry, Elsevier, Sydney.

Chapman, V. & Charles, C. 2013, The midwife’s labour & birth handbook, 3rd edn, Wiley-Blackwell, West Sussex, U.K.

Gray, J. & Smith, R. 2008, Midwifery essentials, Butterworth Heinemann, Sydney.

Gray, J., Smith, R. & Homer, C. 2008, Illustrated dictionary of midwifery, Churchill Livingstone, Sydney.

Johnson, R. & Taylor, W. 2010, Skills for midwifery practice, 3rd edn, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.

Marieb, E. & Hoehn, K. 2015, Human anatomy & physiology, 10th edn, Pearson, San Francisco.

Stables, D. & Rankin, J. 2010, Physiology in childbearing: with anatomy and related biosciences, 3rd edn, Baillière Tindall, Edinburgh.

References

Foley, M.R., Strong, T.H. & Garite, T.J. 2014, Obstetric intensive care manual, 4th edn, McGraw-Hill Medical, New York.

Fraser, D. & Cooper, M.A. 2012, Survival guide to midwifery, 2nd edn, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.

Norwitz, E.R. 2010, Obstetric clinical algorithms: management and evidence, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.

NSW Health 2005, Maternity Emergencies, PD2005_161, NSW Health, Sydney.

NSW Health 2010a, Prevention, Early Recognition & Management of Postpartum Haemorrhage (PPH), PD2010_064, NSW Health, Sydney.

NSW Health 2010b, SAFE START Guidelines: Improving Mental Health Outcomes for Parents & Infants, GL2010_004, SW Health, Sydney.

NSW Health 2010c, Towards Normal Birth in NSW, NSW Health, Sydney.

NSW Health 2015, Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring, PD2010_040, NSW Health, Sydney.

Simkin, P., Ancheta, R. & Myers, S. 2011, The labor progress handbook: early interventions to prevent and treat dystocia, 3rd edn, Blackwell, Oxford.

Walsh, D. & Downe, S. 2010, Essential midwifery practice: Intrapartum care, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.

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